Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: August, 2015

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Charbar is a new restaurant that has recently opened for individuals in Calgary to enjoy. If you think the name looks familiar, you are probably thinking of Charbar’s brother restaurant Charcut which is actually a meatier and much older establishment than Charbar.

At Charbar, there is a huge emphasis placed on cooking vegetables and seafood that the guests can enjoy. While there are a lot of carnivorous options for those who enjoy meat, meat is not the focal point of this new establishment.

Full Scale Restaurant in the Simmons Building

When the Simmons Building opened up the residents of the East Village neighbourhood (as well as the residents all over Calgary) could not contain their excitement. This is a building that features a very exciting…

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Located in Calgary’s Theatre Grand Junction, Workshop Kitchen + Culture is the perfect gathering place for pretty much everyone that is hungry, thirsty, and adventurous. Its culture is food, drink, and friends…the pursuit of life’s simplest pleasures. Workshop was named after the Theatre’s original “Workshop 14,” which was an amateur theatre company from 1959 to 1965.

The Food

The food, like the local culture, is creative and innovative. The Workshop chefs consider themselves part technician and part artisan. Your meal will be original and memorable. While many of the dishes on the menu seem familiar, when you dig deep you find something extra special about them.

On the lunch menu, polenta lasagna with garlic creamed kale, striploin steak…

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Located on Mainstreet in Airdrie, Alberta is a fantastic eating establishment called EggsOasis. Operating hours are Monday through Sunday 6 am to 3 pm. Lunch specials are served Monday through Friday beginning at 11am.

Since opening the restaurant in Airdrie, EggsOasis has been chosen as the Silver and Bronze medallist winner for the Best Breakfast in the Reader’s Choice awards for City View. They are looking to be the Gold Medal winner in 2015 and are working extra hard to make it happen. They are dedicated to you, the customer so that you enjoy every bite of the dishes they prepare just for you.


Two perfectly poached eggs served on a fresh English muffin covered in hollandaise sauce is a favourite among diners at EggsOasis.  Don’t…

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Few events are a bigger deal in the Western portion of Canada than the Calgary Highland Games. What started back in 1913 has exploded into one of the oldest and biggest gatherings in the North America. This is an event that gives you an opportunity to embrace, explore, and celebrate any Scottish heritage you might have. If you don’t have a Scottish background, it can still be a great opportunity to learn something new.

What Activities Will There Be?

You might be asking yourself – what kind of activities do you have to look forward to if you come to this event? Some of the activities include:

  • Stock Dog Demonstrations
  • A Viking Battle
  • A Children’s Activity and Play Area
  • A Tug O’ War Competition

The above activities are activities…

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It is never too early to think about the holidays or a special occasion, such as a birthday or a wedding present. In order for your gift to stand out, make it a unique one. Here are some stores where your gift will have a unique spin.

The Technology

Although Microsoft is not a unique brand by any means, there is only one Microsoft store in Calgary. For the one who has to have the latest in gadgets, save waiting time and shipping cost by purchasing the gift here in the store.

The Fashion

Selections from Nordstrom and Tory Burch are both going to please the fashion conscious on your gift list. Nordstrom will provide what the chain store has, so while it is not unique in gifts, there is only one in Canada, and it is still brand new. Tory…

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The Core is home to more than 160 different retailers. This includes stores such as:

  • Harry Rosen
  • Brooks Brothers
  • H&M
  • Holt Renfrew
  • And Many More!

The combination of stores in this mall makes it a one stop shop for all of your needs.

The Downside 

The downside to the CORE being such an amazing place to shop is everyone knows that. Everyone goes there for holiday shopping. The question is – what can you do to relax at this shopping mall?

Utilize Free Parking

On the weekends and during the evenings, you can park and go shopping without having to pay anything. Yes, you read that correctly. After 4PM and on the weekend, parking is 100 percent free. Unless you just cannot wait to go to the store – you should just go when…

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